ARTIST: Little Feat
TITLE: Little Feat
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Truck Stop Girl, Willin’
LINEUP: Lowell George, Bill Payne, Roy Estrada, Richard Hawayrd. Ry Cooder, Sneaky Pete Kleinow and Russ Titelman guested on tracks. They had strings and horns, too.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First Little Feat album is a showcase for Lowell George’s guitar playing and he and Bill Payne’s songwriting.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: From the first notes of Lowell George’s slide on “Snakes on Everything” to the concluding madness of “Crazy Captain Gunboat Willie”, Little Feat’s debut is mostly a joy, and mostly a showcase for the band’s instrumental chops and great, yet off-the-wall, songwriting.
The first side, especially, is a celebration of sorts. While “Truck Stop Girl” and “Willin’” (here in an almost solo performance by George in an oddly low voice), are the best known, “Brides of Jesus” is the track that’s their best showcase. A slow introspective number that builds as it goes, that track is the hidden gem.
Side two opens and closes fine, but a couple of slower tracks kill the momentum. Little Feat’s more of a party than anything, and most of the album definitely is.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This allegedly sold just 11,000 copies on its release.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: The record runs out of steam a bit, but it’s a fun ride for the most part.